Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman

Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman, also known as Frederick Slade Brockman, (9 July 1857 – 11 September 1917) was a Surveyor General and explorer of Western Australia.[1]

Born at Seabrook near Northam in Western Australia, he was the son of Edmund Ralph Brockman, gentleman-farmer, and Elizabeth Deborah née Slade.

He was educated at Bishop Mathew Hale’s[2] school and articled in 1878 to surveyor J. S. Brooking.

On 20 February 1882 he married Grace Bussell, the heroine of the Georgette disaster of 1876. They had three daughters and four sons, including:

  • Geoffrey (1885–1977), an engineer,[3]
  • Karl (1891-1969), a Rhodes Scholar, soldier and judge
  • Edmund (1884-1949), soldier, politician and judge[4]
  • Deborah (1887–1965), a mining company director and welfare worker, subsequently Lady Hackett and later Lady Moulden.[5]

In 1901, Drake-Brockman with eleven companions, explored previously uncharted areas in the Kimberley region. Drake-Brockman was appointed Surveyor-General in June 1915.[1]


  1. ^ ab Birman, Wendy (1981). “Drake-Brockman, Frederick Slade (1857–1917)”. Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 27 June cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url(“//”)no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url(“//”)no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url(“//”)no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ A. de Q. Robin, ‘Hale, Mathew Blagden (1811 – 1895)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4, Melbourne University Press, 1972, pp 317-319.
  3. ^ Peter Cowan, ‘Drake-Brockman, Geoffrey (1885 – 1977)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 14, Melbourne University Press, 1996, pp 34-35.
  4. ^ Ian G. Sharp, ‘Drake-Brockman, Edmund Alfred (1884 – 1949)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp 339-340.
  5. ^ Alexandra Hasluck, ‘Hackett, Deborah Vernon (1887 – 1965)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, Melbourne University Press, 1983, pp 149-150.

Further reading

  • Birman, Wendy (1981) ‘Drake-Brockman, Frederick Slade (1857 – 1917)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp 340–341.
  • D. H. Drake-Brockman,(1936) Record of the Brockman and Drake-Brockman Family (priv print, Sussex, 1936)
  • G. Drake-Brockman,(1960) The Turning Wheel Perth

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